Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

(0.375l, 40%)


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$25.99
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Straight Bourbon from an ancient rule-breaking recipe.
 
The Haydens were God-fearing pilgrims that moved to the Land of the Free in the 1660s. One of their descendants was Basil Hayden, an innovative Master Distiller who one day in 1796 decided the traditional corn-based mash bill for the Bourb' should contain some rye. His bold move paid off as the tippling folks were absolutely crazy about the novelty, changing the course of Bourbon history forever. Doc Brown to 1992, when Jim Beam introduced their small batch collection of four Bourbons, naming one of them Basil Hayden's. The modern iteration uses a mash bill similar to the one Basil came up with back in the day.
 
This rye-forward Bourbon is bottled at 40% ABV and it brings an explosion of spice, balanced by herbal notes of peppermint and a hint of fruit. The bottle used to say it's an 8-year-old Bourbon, but now it just says "Artfully Aged", which means uncle Basil doesn't want us asking his age. It's impolite, we suppose. In any case, every drop of Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon is distilled in Clermont, KY, and a wonderful testament to rule-breakers who either don't know the laws of the Old Guard or simply don't give a darn. Its lightness makes it a lovely daily sipper, while every Old Fashioned is better with it.
  • Category
  • Style
    Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Region
    Kentucky
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    40%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS

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spicy
herbs
tea
nint
rye
dry
vanilla
fruit
corn
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The temperatures of American warehouses are much higher, so the pace of maturation is much quicker for Bourbons than for Scotch Whiskies

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Deep copper
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Spices on the nose with hints of tea and peppermint.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Spicy nose translates to flavors that are light-bodied with a gentle bite.
 
Finish
Short, dry and clean finish.
Ratings & Reviews
Dalton
Dalton,
Very smooth!!
 
DUELLYN
DUELLYN,
Good buy and a great bourbon 🥃
 
Chris
Chris,
Good bourbon if you like rye. I really enjoy it.
 
guest
guest,
Great whiskey at a good price! Cheers!
 
Nick
Nick,
Earlier just this spring is when I had my first, shall we say, academic experience with bourbon. I enjoyed a tour and tasting at Woodford Reserve and our wonderful guide explained the bourbon flavor wheel. As we downed our first tast, the guide explained that it was the rye that gave the bourbon that signature spice. It was at this moment that I first thought "Well, since I'm not a real man, I shall henceforth avoid all high rye bourbons and rye whiskey." If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the whiskey. I am here today to confess my sins and admit that I am, in fact, a total boob. I had a conversation with Basil Hayden and he showed me the error of my ways. Thanks to the lower proof, the nose is light with barely any scent of alcohol, but barely any scent of much else either. There is evidence of woody oak, tea, and faint hits of chocolate. The mouth feel is light and thin but oily enough to not feel dry. There is a taste of sweet honey and light vanilla with sweet fruit of undetermined origin on the front of the tongue. In the back of the mouth before the swallow is a pleasant spice to remind you of the higher rye content. The finish is short, crisp, and warm with continued pepper, oak, and if you look closely, leather. A higher proof may have provided more complex flavor, but if an approachable, introductory high rye bourbon is what you seek, Basil Hayden's is the answer.
 
Michael
Michael,
Wish I would have known it was a half size bottle, this club is starting to disappoint big time. The drink is decent
 
Harry
Harry,
good, every day, smooth flavorful bourbon. Easy to find, easy on the wallet and another must have in the bar.
 
Luke
Luke,
Astringent, but weak. Disappointed.
 
Alan
Alan,
It really is smooth. Will have to have more.
 
guest
guest,
Smooth
 
Shawn
Shawn,
A little spiciness to it. finishes smooth
 
Robert
Robert,
A "go to" bourbon when I'm willing to splurge
 
John
John,
Just buy Fireball and save the money
 
Daniel
Daniel,
I found this bottle of Basil Hayden to be one of the best purchases I have a bought since I’ve been buying from you. It is very smooth, great tasting and the price was right. All whom I’ve shared this bottle with have agreed with me the quality of this product is worth twenty stars. look forward to my next purchase of Basil Hayden. Thank you
 
Nick
Nick,
Love it
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Good standard bourbon
 
Jason
Jason,
Very smooth start, with just a enough bite at the end to make you want more. Good sipping bourbon
 
James
James,
smooth and spicy without the heat because it's only 80 proof. Easy to drink.
 
Mathew
Mathew,
Very good. Smooth with little bite.
 
Craig
Craig,
I do like rye-forward bourbons and this is a good one. It's smooth with a moderate spiciness. A pleasant sipper, but not a great finish, and not as much punch as I like.
 
Todd
Todd,
Currently, second only to Woodford Reserved Dbl Oaked for a mid-shelf sip-all-night neat.
 
Michael
Michael,
solid sipper. a bit spicy
 
Alexander
Alexander,
One of my favorites for a local pickup, or to grab when out at a bar or dinner. Smooth, simple, nice finish. Great for anyone new to the bourbon game.
 
JeRay
JeRay,
This Basil is mouth watering. Just the right amount of smooth and strong. Yes a grown man drink. I didn't want to open the bottle because it looks so cool or to cool to open lol
 
Jernique
Jernique,
I loved it!
 
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